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Walks: Stour Valley Walk
Distance 7 miles. There is a slight descent/ascent as you leave Wye, and some of the paths are narrow containing rabbit holes.

The Stour Valley Walk follows the path of the River Stour as it meanders through the stunning countryside of East Kent, before reaching the sea at Pegwell Bay. One of the most beautiful sections of this walk can be found between the villages of Wye and Chilham, passing through a rolling landscape with panoramic views. Canterbury is 2.25 miles away and Ashford is 2 miles away. There are regular bus and train links to both towns from the start and finish points of the walk.

From the station at Wye walk up into the village crossing the River Stour for the first time, and turn left into church street. From the church follow the route signs for the North Downs Way and Stour Valley Walk, pass through the college buildings crossing a road and then out into open farmland. Here the Stour Valley Walk and the North Downs Way separate. Follow the path cutting diagonally left across the field towards woodland.

Once through the woodland the path dips into the valley offering stunning views of the surrounding countryside. The path continues through coppiced woodland to open meadow land and the village of Crundale. The path follows an unmade road branching off to the left across farmland leading into dense woodland, where the path is lined with yew trees. The path follows several sections of woodland, and as you approach Chilham, you will see views of the castle. The path then branches to your left over a stile, this link path then takes you back down to the river to the picturesque Chilham mill.

For Chilham village square follow the road from the mill to the A28 – take care crossing. The main square boasts timber framed houses, a 13th century church and the impressive castle gateway.

For the railway station turn right at the main road and continue for approximately 150 metres then turn left – the station should be clearly signed.


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